Host Spotlight: an opportunity to shine a light on our wonderful radio hosts and wider community, be it a new music release, a brand new music residency or simply to champion them as an individual. For this edition, we chat with DJ, producer and Sprechen head honcho Chris Massey, to find out more about the label, his musical influences and more…
Having been surrounded by music throughout his life, it’s no surprise that Sprechen boss Chris Massey is where he is now. Having grown up on a diverse diet of the likes of Kate Bush and David Bowie, through to older stoner rock and of course, the contemporary pop of the eighties (though it did mean the Stock AItken & Waterman era too!), a healthy record obsession soon began. Flash forward a few years later and Chris found himself holding DJ residencies at local venues, as well as putting on parties of his own.
Sprechen was then born, initially as a side project from Chris’s role at Paper Recordings as A&R/label manager. Also working on El Diablo’s Social Club Recordings at the time, Sprechen was an outlet for Chris’ own productions, as well as a space to collaborate with other producers making boss music, but remaining unseen by other labels. The sound leans a bit towards being electronic, although styles are always varied with a common thread that links everything together: the dance floor. Whether that be a sweaty basement or lounging by a lost lagoon, anything that fits the brief allows a much more interesting roster of releases. A big thing is to constantly source new and emerging artists (within a mentor capacity, if necessary), with a particular emphasis on women and those identifying as women. Check out Sprechen’s latest release, Delahay’s ‘Deep Space Radio Flash’, an intergalactic cruise into a spaced out discotheque:
So, what’s next? Keep an eye out for two new vinyl releases coming up, which takes Sprechen to 5 wax pressings to date. You can also find Chris, label artists and supporters at their monthly Freight Island residency in Manchester, alongside Chris’ busy diary of other DJ gigs and further collaborations with A Certain Ratio! Lastly, in the works is an event that will see Sprechen artists partner with visual artists to create a piece of audio/visual art for an electronic music exhibition – we’re very excited for this.
In the meantime, listen back to the latest ‘Sprechen Takeover’ on Melodic Distraction Radio below: